For our first event of 2014, we’re very pleased to announce the menu for Valentine’s Night on Friday 14th February. We will be offering a sensuously sophisticated set menu to help you start a romantic evening with your significant other. Strictly pre-reserved places only.

You’ll start with a glass of our house Champagne to add some spritz to the evening, before enjoying five stunning courses created specially by Simon and the team in the kitchen.

Velouté of Jerusalem Artichoke

Lobster Cannelloni with a mustard and chive beurre blanc 

Ballotine of corn-fed chicken, sautéed wild mushrooms

Fillet mignon with fondant potato, red wine jus

Chocolate Fondue to share

The price per person is £50. Reservations can be made by phoning us on 01422 823070, or in person at the restaurant. Please be advised, spaces are limited for this event. We look forward to you joining us for a very special Valentine’s evening!

El Gato Valentines cat


We’re delighted to confirm the gourmet menu for our New Year’s Eve celebrations. Demand was unprecedented and even after expanding across both floors, the evening is now fully booked.

If you’d like to maintain a level of surprise and anticipation until the evening, look away now… but if not, please read on.

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El Gato Negro South American evening

Hot on the heels of last week’s Galician night, we’re very pleased to announce the latest of our highly-popular matched food and drink evenings at El Gato Negro Tapas. We’re holding a very special wine dinner with two great names from South America, hosted with our friends from Berkmann Wine Cellars.

(Updated Wednesday 4 September to reveal the menu and guest wines)

As a pre-dinner drink before we get started we’re going to serve the Santa Rita Gran Hacienda Sauvignon Blanc 2012

The six guest wines and dishes will be

Santa Rita Gran Hacienda Chardonnay Grand Reserva
Scallop ceviche, hand-picked white crab, avocado, heirloom tomatoes, crispy pancetta

Finca Decero Malbec
Alejandro Chorizo, piquillo pepper purée aioli

Finca Decero Cabernet Sauvignon
Neck of lamb fillet, aubergine purée, chimichurri dressing

Finca Decero Mini Ediciones Petit Verdot
Roast duck breast, crushed potato, braised shallots, girolle mushrooms

Finca Decero Amano
Braised ox cheek, roast baby onions, pancetta and button mushrooms

Santa Rita Late Harvest Gewürztraminer Moscatel De Alejandria
Raspberry shortbread with Chantilly cream

Decero Malbec

We will be showcasing the white wines of Santa Rita, one of Chile’s oldest wineries. Their Sauvignon Blanc is superb and has been recently heralded as the best value Sauvignon Blanc by the Sommelier Awards. Following the Santa Rita whites, we will be moving onto some superb reds from the wonderful Finca Decero winery in Argentina.

Simon and the team in the kitchen will once again be flexing their culinary muscles, preparing an array of dishes which will play to the characteristics of each of the wines on the evening. As you’ve come to expect, these special dishes will delight your palates and perfectly match these wonderful Chilean and Argentinian wines.

The price per person is £45, and this includes six stunning South American wines and accompanying, matched dishes from Simon and the team. Reservations can be made by phoning us on 01422 823070, or in person at the restaurant.

Doors open 7.30pm, the meal starts at 8pm. We look forward to you joining us for the evening.

Decero winery


Our next monthly Sunday lunch openings is on 4th August. We’ll be open from 1-4pm, and will be featuring something rather unique alongside a handpicked selection of our favourite classics and specials.

Simon and the team will be creating some incredible dishes from speciality Ibérico pork; bringing you a rare chance to taste that famous acorn and meadow-fed black pig meat from Extremadura.

Alongside that we will be serving refreshing home-made sangria – a perfect foil for the summer heat – as well as our usual extensive selection of wines and sherries, including some great wines by the glass. Advance bookings are highly recommended… please call the restaurant on 01422 823070.



El Gato Negro presents an introduction to the wines and foods of Galicia, where Iberia meets the Atlantic. Galicia is a land of geographical contrasts and surprises, with a distinctive  and wonderful food culture.

We already carry a limited range of Galician wines, but there are some fantastic wineries in this lesser-known region of Spain which deserve more exposure. We’ve invited a leading expert to showcase them, paired with a range of dishes inspired by the distinctive culture of Galicia. As regular patrons already know, Padrón peppers and Torta de Santiago are two popular Galician delicacies on our menu: however this evening will enable you to experience more gourmet galego delights alongside a fantastic selection of exclusive wines from the region’s independent vineyards.


The menu for the evening will be

Leira Seca
Cockles & clams with olive oil, lemon & coriander

Quinta de la Erre
Pan-roasted scallops with fresh white crabmeat & a shellfish sauce

Casal de Paula Blanco
Galician-style monkfish

Alodio de Antonia Godello
Grilled sardine fillets with Alejandro chorizo, migas breadcrumbs, garlic & mint

Alodio Mencia
Sous-vide pressed pork shoulder with chickpeas, spring cabbage, chorizo & potatoes

Casal de Paula Tinto
Served alongside a choice of either: Two traditional Galician cheeses: Arzúa-Ulloa and Tetilla or Torta de Santiago

The price per person is £45, and covers a selection of wines and accompanying, matched Galician dishes from Simon and the team. Limited places remain for this evening. Reservations can be made by phoning the restaurant on 01422 823070, or in person at the restaurant. 



Here at El Gato Negro it’s fair to say we are huge fans of sherry: we’ve expanded our range in the last twelve months, and launched our sherry web page earlier this year to provide a guide to the sheer range of types available

There are only a limited number of places left for the next of our popular sherry evenings. Once again we’ll have expert advice on pairing sherry from our friends at leading sherry house Gonzalez Byass in Jerez. Gonzalez Byass has been producing high quality sherry in Jerez for over 175 years, and they’re perfectly placed to showcase six of their best , ranging from dry to sweet sherry. These include the highly limited Tio Pepe En Rama: 2013’s batch has sold out in record time, but we’ve held some stock back especially to share with you on the night.

Simon has created six incredible dishes to pair perfectly with the sherries: as with the last sherry evening, an event like this provides the chance to offer an exclusive tasting menu, comprising dishes which showcase the flair and imagination of the team, and give you the opportunity to try them before anyone else.

The last evening in January went down a storm and customers have been asking for us to repeat the experience ever since: whether you’re already a fan of the broad range of sherries we provide, or you’re keen to learn more, this is the ideal opportunity.

Doors open at 7.30pm, and the event starts at 8pm. The price per person will be £45, and includes six sherries, and six specially-created dishes from Simon and the team. Reservations are now being taken for this evening: you can book for any of our nights by phoning 01422 823070, or in person at the restaurant. 


Father's Day at El Gato Negro Tapas

Great news for Dads (and everyone else in the family)! Following the success of Mother’s Day back in March, we’re pleased to announce we’ll be opening on Sunday 16th June for Father’s Day. We’re not normally open on a Sunday… so it’s a great chance to enjoy a special family lunch and treat your dad to a delicious, memorable meal at El Gato Negro Tapas. Or indeed if you’re just looking for a special Sunday lunch to enjoy!

Six dishes for Father's Day at El Gato Negro Tapas

Simon and the kitchen team will be serving a special menu: six of our signature tapas dishes, and a choice of dessert – all for just £25 per head.

The six dishes are

  • Padrón peppers with Halen Môn Salt
  • Mini Catalan chorizo with Aspall Cider
  • Patatas bravas
  • Poached duck egg yolk with Alejandro chorizo & migas breadcrumbs
  • Pinchos Morunos, chickpea and chilli purée, and harissa yoghurt dressing
  • Tiger prawns with chilli, lemon, garlic and paprika

… and a choice of dessert

  • A selection of ice creams
  • Creme Catalan
  • A selection of cheeses

We’re offering a choice of two sittings: either 12-3 or 3-6, with limited numbers of places available for both sittings.

Reservations are now being taken: please call the restaurant directly on 01422 823070. We expect both sittings to be rapidly booked up, so we’d recommend calling and booking rapidly to avoid disappointment.


Mother's Day banner 2013

We’re open for a very important Sunday this month – Mother’s Day on Sunday 10 March. Regulars may know we’re normally closed on a Sunday… so this is a rare and perfect opportunity to treat your mum to a special and memorable meal at El Gato Negro Tapas.

Simon and the team will be serving up a suitably special menu: six delightful tapas dishes, and a delicious dessert – all for just £25 per head. We’re offering a choice of two sittings: either 12-3 or 3-6. Limited covers are available for both sittings.

Reservations are now being taken: please call the restaurant directly on 01422 823070. We expect both sittings to be rapidly booked up, so we’d recommend calling and booking quickly to avoid disappointment.
Wineglass at El Gato Negro Tapas

Valentines menu at EL Gato Negro

[Please note, we are now fully booked for Valentines Day evening]

Calling all romantics! We’re now taking bookings for Valentines Day evening. We’ve created a special menu, perfect for sharing, consisting of…

  • Glass of Cava on arrival
  • Padron peppers
  • Catalan bread
  • Tiger prawns
  • Patatas Bravas 
  • Mini Catalan Chorizo
  • Classic paella to share
  • Chocolate fondue to share

All for just £30 per person.

There are currently limited places available on both the first and second sittings. To make a reservation please call the restaurant direct on 01422 823070 and speak to one of our staff. In the event you are not able to be connected to a staff member please leave your name and contact number and we’ll call you back.

A range of Gonzalez Byass sherries in El Gato Negro

El Gato Negro Tapas is pleased to announce our first specialist event of the year: a gourmet evening of matched sherries and fine food.

Banish the January blues with a splash of Spanish style on Tuesday 22nd January, as we pair a stunning selection of sherries with a special tasting menu. We’re excited that this first sherry evening of 2013 will feature a rare UK appearance by the master venenciador direct from leading sherry house Gonzalez Byass in Jerez. Gonzalez Byass has been producing high quality sherry in Jerez for over 175 years, and they’re perfectly placed to showcase the heritage and provenance of these exceptional Spanish wines.

The venenciador’s unique skill is based on a time-honoured tradition of expertly drawing out samples from sherry barrels, using a ‘venencia’ or measure on the end of a long, flexible pole, then pouring these into copitas. Enjoy his flamboyant performance as you savour six very special sherries, along with matching tasting dishes, throughout this special evening.

Gonzalez Byass venenciador

Between the venenciador and an expert from the Gonzalez Byass UK team, you’ll learn about the unique production and styles of sherry, and how these pair with different foods. Simon will be on hand to explain the perfectly-matched dishes from the evening’s tasting menu, expertly complimenting each sherry’s characteristics.

We hope you can join us for this unique and memorable event. Our previous sherry evening last year was a sell-out success and ever since we’ve had customers asking when we’d repeat the experience. There are limited places, and with the added bonus of the venenciador direct from Jerez, places will go quickly.

Bookings can be secured by phoning the restaurant direct on 01422 823070*
Doors open 7pm, and the event starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £45 per person.
* We use a telephone booking system to ensure the seating plan is tailored to your needs. Please let our staff know if you have any specialist dietary considerations. Thank you.

Fino and palourdes clams